Vermillion hospital receives diabetes association award

Vermillion hospital receives diabetes association award The prestigious American Diabetes Association Award of Recognition for a quality diabetes patient education program was awarded to the Diabetes Education and Lifestyle Management program at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital on July 26.

The program is conducted by Marsha Thompson, RN, who is a certified diabetes educator and Mary Auch, registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist.

The ADA recognition process, began in the fall of 1986 to encourage the development of quality diabetes education programs, is based on the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education Programs. "The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide," said Auch. "And of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high quality service."

The standards were developed in 1983 by the National Diabetes Advisory Board, a federally created advisory board of the Department of Health and Human Services. ADA members and representatives participated in the development of the standards and in a pilot test phase during which it was determined that a formal recognition program would be an ideal means for the implementation of the standards.

The ADA recognition process assures that this educational program has met the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive, state-of-the-art information about diabetes management. The participant in an ADA recognized program will be taught self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment.

Diabetes education programs applying for recognition must complete a comprehensive documentation process and undergo rigorous and expert peer review. Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and is awarded for three years. Private insurers and public agencies are also notified of the award.

Over 16 million Americans have diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or respond to the hormone insulin, although half of these people do not know they have diabetes. With its complications, diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, more than 150,000 people die as a result of diabetes and its complications that involve the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.

For more information, contact Marsha Thompson or Mary Auch at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital (605) 624-2611.

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